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Major Documents In Virginia History

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Documents In Virginia History
Steven West, Library Media Specialist
Simonsdale Elementary
Documents in Virginia History
Table of Contents
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Charter for the Virginia Company of London
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Declaration of Independence
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Virginia Declaration of Rights
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Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom
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United States Constitution (Bill of Rights)
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Documents Timeline
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Assessment: One, Two, Three
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Click on the title to return to this slide.
Virginia Company of London Charter
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These documents gave the
King’s permission to start a
colony in the new world.
Jamestown was the first
colony in 1607.
In return for permission to
settle the colony the Virginia
Company of London sent
some of the profits back to
the King.
Declaration of Independence
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Written by Thomas
Jefferson.
Signed on July 6, 1776.
It explained why the
colonists were unhappy
with English rule, and
that they planned to
rule themselves to right
these wrongs.
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More information
Declaration of Independence
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Stated that “the
people” had
authority instead of
“Kings.”
Stated that all people
are created equal
and have rights to
life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness.
Virginia Declaration of Rights
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Written by George Mason
& approved on June 12,
1776.
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Stated that all Virginians
had certain rights
including:
a.
Freedom of
Religion
b.
Freedom of Press
This document became
the basis for the Bill of
Rights of the Constitution
Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom
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Written by Thomas
Jefferson.
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States that people should be
free to worship as they
please.
Separated church and state
(government).
Said people should not have
to pay for any church unless
they want to.
Was the basis for the 1st
amendment of the
constitution.
United States Constitution
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It has 2 main parts
1. Constitution – guides
the government and
gives rules for how it
should work.
2. Bill of Rights – lists all
the rights that citizens
have that the
government must
protect.
Bill of Rights
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The Bill of Rights was
based ideas from the
Virginia Declaration
of Rights and the
Virginia Statue of
Religious Freedom.
Documents of Virginia Timeline
Declaration of
Independence
United States
Constitution
July 4, 1776
1787-1788
1600
Charters for the
Virginia Company
of London
1606-1607
1800
Virginia Declaration
of Rights
Virginia Statute of
Religious Freedom
June 12, 1776
Written: 1779
Adopted: 1786
Assessment – 1 of 3
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Who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights?
Answer
Why is James Madison called the “Father of the
Constitution”?
Answer
The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was
based on what two documents from Virginia?
Answer
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Assessment #2
Assessment – 2 of 3
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What document gave the King’s permission to start a
colony in the New World?
Answer
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What document states that all people are created equal
and have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness?
Answer
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What are the two main parts of the United States
Constitution?
Answer
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to Assessment #1
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Assessment #3
Assessment – 3 of 3
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What is listed in the Bill of Rights?
Answer
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Who wrote the Declaration of
Independence?
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to Assessment #2
Answer
Virginia Declaration of Rights
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George mason wrote
the Virginia
Declaration of Rights.
“Father of the Constitution”
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James Madison is called
the “Father of the
Constitution” because of
the excellent notes he
took and the compromises
he was able to manage.
Bill of Rights
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The Bill of Rights was
based ideas from the
1.
Virginia Declaration of
Rights
2.
Virginia Statue for
Religious Freedom
Virginia Company of London Charter
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These documents
gave the King’s
permission to start a
colony in the new
world.
Jamestown was the
first colony in 1607
Declaration of Independence
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The Declaration of
Independence states
that all people are
created equal and
have rights to life,
liberty and the pursuit
of happiness.
Two Parts of the
United States Constitution
1.
Constitution
2.
Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights
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Bill of Rights – lists
all the rights that
citizens have that the
government must
protect.
Declaration of Independence
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Thomas Jefferson
wrote the
Declaration of
Independence.
Credits
•Virginia Studies Curriculum Framework, Commonwealth
of Virginia, Board of Education, 2001
•Virginia Studies Posters
(http://chumby.dlib.vt.edu/melissa/posters/vastudiesposter.html)
•Google Image Search (www.google.com/images)
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